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The City Pulse hosted its 15th annual Pulsar Awards at UrbanBeat in Old Town July 22. The ceremony acknowledged some of the best productions staged in the Greater Lansing community theater scene. Below are highlights from the award show, including musical performances and acceptance speeches.
The evening kicked-off with medleys arranged by Kelley Stuible-Clark and her friends Ben English, Josh and Nicole Martin and Kait Wilson on piano. They opened the show with "Thank You for the Music" from the Broadway musical "Mamma Mia!"
Later in the evening, Erin Hoffman introduced Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Accepting the award on behalf of winner Alissa Britten was Stephanie Banghart, who played Rose alongside Britten in the Owosso Community Player’s staging of "Mamma Mia!"
Longtime Pulsar judges Tom and Kathy Helma presented the awards for Best Supporting Actress and Actor in a Musical.
Next up, Chad DeKatch accepted Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his memorable portrayal in "Mamma Mia!"
Sally Hecksel presented Taylor Rupp with Best Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in "These Shining Lives." Not long after, Hecksel was back on stage to accept the award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical. Listen to their acceptance speeches below.
Melissa Kaplan, Lansing Community Theater's producer, accepted the award for Best Ensemble.
Garrett Bradley, the director of Owosso's "Mamma Mia!" gave Susan Chmurynsky the award for Best Play.
The last presenter of the evening was Shannon Bowen. She presented the awards for Best Director for a Musical and Best Musical. Both awards went to Garrett Bradley for "Mamma Mia!"